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Last month, Connecticut's governor issued an executive order that will ensure that next revision of the state's building code will increase the resiliency of new and renovated homes and buildings.

Although still in the planning stages, Dannel P. Malloy's plan could include measures such as stronger tie downs of roofs and impact-resistant glass in high-wind areas, according to the Hartford Business Journal. Many of the approaches are expected to be inexpensive but builders and consumers alike don't want the new regulations to price buyers out of the market.

Home builders aren't opposed to stronger codes where necessary, particularly in wind-prone areas along the coast, but want decisions based on sound research and cost-benefit analyses. Most importantly, they don't want regulations that price customers out of the market, said Bob Hanbury, a longtime builder and co-owner of Newington-based House of Hanbury Builders Inc., which does residential remodeling and additions. Hanbury is active in the industry, including serving on committees for the International Existing Building Code and on the board of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut Inc.

"The motives are good; we just want to make sure the outcomes are as good as the motives," Hanbury said.

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